Leicestershire v Pakistanis, Tour match, 2nd day July 9, 2010

Hameed, Amin impress in draw

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Pakistanis 280 for 7 (Butt 57, Hameed 58, Amin 51) drew with Leicestershire 296 for 7 dec. (White 79, Smith 87, Tanvir 2-41)
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Pakistan got a fair look at the four contenders drafted into the Test squad to fill the void for a couple of spots vacant in the batting order ahead of the first Test against Australia next Tuesday. A history of unreliable openers in the few years and the absence of Younis Khan at No. 3 prompted the selectors to pick extra batsmen in the 17-man squad to insure against any top-order collapse over the next seven weeks where Pakistan will take part in six Tests.

Imran Farhat, Yasir Hameed, Azhar Ali and Umar Amin are vying for the two positions, and the last three boosted their chance with impressive scores. Farhat, who opened with Salman Butt, the third player to cross the half-century mark on Friday, was the lone disappointment on an otherwise satisfactory outing for the visitors, who finished 16 runs adrift of Leicestershire's first-innings total at Grace Road when the teams decided to abandon the match.

Butt started in a composed fashion before playing a couple of punched drives off the new ball. He combined well with Hameed, who last featured for Pakistan in the Test series in India three years ago. Back then the pair had opened in the three Tests, including a century partnership in the second innings in Delhi, raising hopes that finally a stable opening combination had been found.

Sadly, though, Hameed was lost to injury and then form issues kept him out of the team. Today, however, Butt, leading the side, took the onus upon himself and chased the Leicester bowling pack by farming the strike comfortably while dispatching the short balls with ease. He hit three successive boundaries off Duncan Masters, with the second one, a raging cut, taking him to his half-century, immediately after which he retired out at lunch.

Hameed, whose last Test was in Bangalore in 2007, played some crisp shots and picked 10 off an over from the offspinner Jigar Naik to kickstart his innings. He continued to run the ball past the ropes with ease with some neat cover drives. At the other end, Azhar Ali, a favourite of both Waqar Younis and Shahid Afridi, was happy to just knock the ball around even if he scored at a very steady pace. But a worrying factor was his struggles against the fast bowlers which would definitely be a talking point when the think tank sits to choose the final XI for the Lord's Test.

There were no such worries for Umar Amin, who played some wristy drives on both sides of the wicket to race to the fastest fifty on the day - in 70 balls before retiring out. The 20-year-old has strengthened his chances after his 73 in Canterbury two weeks back.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    What we predicted just happened, Pakistan don't have specialist test batsman, who can score runs and hold their wicket, we desperately need M.Yousef and Younis Khan, it is good that has happened, now at least PCB will realize thier mistake, these youngster are not good, I already said that before somewhere, this Umar Amin cant play, he wasnt good in sub continent pitches, how can you expect him to play well in english conditions, shoaib malik could be better choice and yasir hameed or Misbah ul haq but we need yousef and younis back in next match...

  • POSTED BY KYZA on | July 12, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    I agree with some of the posters on here that pakistan are going to need depth in thier batting for the upcomign tests against Australia and England, Pakistan have always struggled in thier batting especially against Australia. We must have 2 specialist batsmen in the middle order which at present it is clesr to see that we don't, even our openers will be make shift. We cannot play Farhat with Butt it will be a bad mistake, Farhat does not have the technique to play test matches, he also does not have the temprement to play a long test match innings. Whatever anyone says we will miss our 2 top batsmen in Yousuf and Younis, who will play 3 - 4 in my mind the best team is, Butt, Hameed, Malik, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Kamran, Razzaq, Aamir, Gul, Kaneria, Asif. I am sure Pakistan will also be weary of Asif's form as he has looked very rusty in the tour matches and has largely been out of form for the past 12 months, Come ON PAKISTAN!! We have to bat well, We should bring in Amin an Ali later

  • POSTED BY yasoor97 on | July 11, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    This should be the team: salman butt , yasir hameed , umar amin , azhar ali , umar akmal , shoaib malik , shahid afridi , kamran akmal , mohammad amir , mohammad asif , saeed ajmal. this should be the team i think or if ajmal doesnt work we should bring in kaneria, but i still think that we should stay with ajmal because i think he is our new saqlain, or if asif doesnt work we should maybe try tanvir ahmad, i really dont think we should go with wahab riaz, ive seen him ball he is not a baller that is worth in the team when youve got players like gul asif amir akhtar. and if even tanvir ahmad doesnt work out gul should be back. i didnt go with gul earliar because i dont think gul of a test baller because he doesnt have variety he can ball yorkers and in t20 and 0dis people have to try to hit some boundris but in tests u can jast defend them.

  • POSTED BY adil8 on | July 11, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    KICK OUT IJAZ BUTT AND BRING BACK YOUNIS & YOUSUF!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Imran Farhat is a TOTAL FAILURE. The guy was the most miserable of the 5-6 openers that played the practice match. I'd rate Azhar Ali higher than Imran Farhat.

    For me Butt and Hameed should open in the 1st test, with Umar Amin coming in at no.3. Azhar Ali may have to wait a bit longer for his debut.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    I wud go for Butt, farhat, Hameed, Akmal, Amin, Afridi, Kamran, Amir, Gul, Ajmal & Asif. I think it is not worth gambling with Malik at this stage he can get a chance to play in the matches to come but this time Afridi will have to make his choices clear. Wish u all the best.

  • POSTED BY Inti_pak4life on | July 10, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I can't believe some people have put imran farhat in there team he is not good enough to play international cricket. Those people who have seen him bat will have noticed that he cannot open for pakistan and somebody else should be given a chance. But some good comments by people. What does everybody think about younus khan playing for pakistan again?

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 10, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Azhar Ali might have slight problems adjusting to swinging fast but its his first match on this outing and I am sure he will be ok when the test starts. He has shown his worth against Aussies in Australia when he played with A-team. My only worries are drop of catches, specially by Sulman Butt, Kamran and Kaneria. I hope Farhat stays on sidelines and just collects his pay check as thats the objective his father-in law must have had when he got him on the plane. Our three best batsmen are Butt, Hameed and Umar and I hope two of them score big, and then we should expect Shoaib and kamran to contribute too. My team is; Butt, Azhar Ali, Yaser Hamid, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Afridi, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Kaneria, Asif.... The coach and the captain should think about changing Azhar and hameeds places.

  • POSTED BY Bhakkar786 on | July 10, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    @ Rukunuddin Aslam, butt has finally provided us with a bit of stability at the start of an innings and ur sayin he's useless. Don't care what you say he is defiently a must have in the team and the weakness of the squad in terms of batting only demands his presence even more. Farhat should be dropped however.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    This is my team:

    Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Yasir Hameed, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria

    - kamran should open, because farhat score only 6, and we all remember how many catches he dropped against australia last time... - if it is a good fast bowling pitch, then drop kaneria for wahab riaz or tanvir ahmed - both are good on English conditions

  • POSTED BY on | July 14, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    What we predicted just happened, Pakistan don't have specialist test batsman, who can score runs and hold their wicket, we desperately need M.Yousef and Younis Khan, it is good that has happened, now at least PCB will realize thier mistake, these youngster are not good, I already said that before somewhere, this Umar Amin cant play, he wasnt good in sub continent pitches, how can you expect him to play well in english conditions, shoaib malik could be better choice and yasir hameed or Misbah ul haq but we need yousef and younis back in next match...

  • POSTED BY KYZA on | July 12, 2010, 11:04 GMT

    I agree with some of the posters on here that pakistan are going to need depth in thier batting for the upcomign tests against Australia and England, Pakistan have always struggled in thier batting especially against Australia. We must have 2 specialist batsmen in the middle order which at present it is clesr to see that we don't, even our openers will be make shift. We cannot play Farhat with Butt it will be a bad mistake, Farhat does not have the technique to play test matches, he also does not have the temprement to play a long test match innings. Whatever anyone says we will miss our 2 top batsmen in Yousuf and Younis, who will play 3 - 4 in my mind the best team is, Butt, Hameed, Malik, Umar Akmal, Afridi, Kamran, Razzaq, Aamir, Gul, Kaneria, Asif. I am sure Pakistan will also be weary of Asif's form as he has looked very rusty in the tour matches and has largely been out of form for the past 12 months, Come ON PAKISTAN!! We have to bat well, We should bring in Amin an Ali later

  • POSTED BY yasoor97 on | July 11, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    This should be the team: salman butt , yasir hameed , umar amin , azhar ali , umar akmal , shoaib malik , shahid afridi , kamran akmal , mohammad amir , mohammad asif , saeed ajmal. this should be the team i think or if ajmal doesnt work we should bring in kaneria, but i still think that we should stay with ajmal because i think he is our new saqlain, or if asif doesnt work we should maybe try tanvir ahmad, i really dont think we should go with wahab riaz, ive seen him ball he is not a baller that is worth in the team when youve got players like gul asif amir akhtar. and if even tanvir ahmad doesnt work out gul should be back. i didnt go with gul earliar because i dont think gul of a test baller because he doesnt have variety he can ball yorkers and in t20 and 0dis people have to try to hit some boundris but in tests u can jast defend them.

  • POSTED BY adil8 on | July 11, 2010, 6:26 GMT

    KICK OUT IJAZ BUTT AND BRING BACK YOUNIS & YOUSUF!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2010, 5:14 GMT

    Imran Farhat is a TOTAL FAILURE. The guy was the most miserable of the 5-6 openers that played the practice match. I'd rate Azhar Ali higher than Imran Farhat.

    For me Butt and Hameed should open in the 1st test, with Umar Amin coming in at no.3. Azhar Ali may have to wait a bit longer for his debut.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2010, 22:31 GMT

    I wud go for Butt, farhat, Hameed, Akmal, Amin, Afridi, Kamran, Amir, Gul, Ajmal & Asif. I think it is not worth gambling with Malik at this stage he can get a chance to play in the matches to come but this time Afridi will have to make his choices clear. Wish u all the best.

  • POSTED BY Inti_pak4life on | July 10, 2010, 19:31 GMT

    I can't believe some people have put imran farhat in there team he is not good enough to play international cricket. Those people who have seen him bat will have noticed that he cannot open for pakistan and somebody else should be given a chance. But some good comments by people. What does everybody think about younus khan playing for pakistan again?

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 10, 2010, 18:41 GMT

    Azhar Ali might have slight problems adjusting to swinging fast but its his first match on this outing and I am sure he will be ok when the test starts. He has shown his worth against Aussies in Australia when he played with A-team. My only worries are drop of catches, specially by Sulman Butt, Kamran and Kaneria. I hope Farhat stays on sidelines and just collects his pay check as thats the objective his father-in law must have had when he got him on the plane. Our three best batsmen are Butt, Hameed and Umar and I hope two of them score big, and then we should expect Shoaib and kamran to contribute too. My team is; Butt, Azhar Ali, Yaser Hamid, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Afridi, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Kaneria, Asif.... The coach and the captain should think about changing Azhar and hameeds places.

  • POSTED BY Bhakkar786 on | July 10, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    @ Rukunuddin Aslam, butt has finally provided us with a bit of stability at the start of an innings and ur sayin he's useless. Don't care what you say he is defiently a must have in the team and the weakness of the squad in terms of batting only demands his presence even more. Farhat should be dropped however.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2010, 16:34 GMT

    This is my team:

    Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, Yasir Hameed, Umar Akmal, Umar Amin, Shoaib Malik, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Aamer, Umar Gul, Mohammad Asif, Danish Kaneria

    - kamran should open, because farhat score only 6, and we all remember how many catches he dropped against australia last time... - if it is a good fast bowling pitch, then drop kaneria for wahab riaz or tanvir ahmed - both are good on English conditions

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2010, 15:07 GMT

    I dont agree that Hameed is a useless player, he scored fifty in both innings against australia last test he played at sydney. Umar Amin is a very good one down batsman, must be given chance at lords. This team must go with full confidence as if there is nothing to lose as pak best teams couldn't manage to win a test in more than 10 years, so why would we expect too much from them. My team would be - Butt, Farhat, Hameed, Amin, Umar, Afridi, Kamran, Aamer, Ajmal, Gul, Asif

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2010, 13:44 GMT

    what progress have butt and farhat been making? farhat just used his sources to get in the squad. the guy has been played numerously before, he has no temperament for playing long innings i would rather give some new guy a chance.

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2010, 11:10 GMT

    INSHALLAH we will win...PAkistan zindabad..we should not critisize them infact we shuod support them to help them bosst their confidence which seems to b the difference between us and the australians..Azhar ali is definetley a player with loads to potential.Umar Amin is also well equiped with temperament and skils required to tackle the ausie bowling..Luv u Umar!!!

  • POSTED BY Faakhir on | July 10, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    Pakistan must be positive with aggressive batting and bowling in the test series. In the last 2 day game Australians' scoring rate was 4.87 against the Pakistanis' scoring rate of 3.41 in their side match being played at the same time. The aggressive intent of Aussies and their overall record suggests that Pakistan is in for some tough time; furthermore Ponting and Mike Hussey both scored aggressive centuries and they seem to be in sublime form Talking about Pakistani batting options, Yasir Hameed has a solid batting technique and he plays with a straight bat however he often fails to convert his good form into big scores against tougher oppositions; Fawad Alam should be given a chance in the top order, he has the ability to stay at the wicket for long durations though he tends to get too defensive at times. I hope and pray that Pakistan does we

  • POSTED BY Mustafa7 on | July 10, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    I dont agree that Hameed is a useless player, he scored fifty in both innings against australia last test he played at sydney. Umar Amin is a very good one down batsman, must be given chance at lords. This team must go with full confidence as if there is nothing to lose as pak best teams couldn't manage to win a test in more than 10 years, so why would we expect too much from them. My team would be - Butt, Farhat, Hameed, Amin, Umar, Afridi, Kamran, Aamer, Ajmal, Gul, Asif

  • POSTED BY on | July 10, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    I believe Azhar Ali is not yet ready to play test cricket. HE may be good, but putting him against the Aussie fast bowling may just end his career before it even takes off. I think Umar Amin should be tried in the 1st test.

    1 debutant in the 1st test should do, rather than playing 2 debutants straight away, and i believe Umar Amin should be the 1st choice ahead of Azhar ali, although Azhar may be a good prospect, but its a long tour and he could be given a chance later on against Eng.

    I sincerely hope Kamran keeps better than what he has done in the past, else no matter how well we bowl or bat, it will be of no use.

    Good Luck Men in Green!

  • POSTED BY Desihungama on | July 10, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    Azhar Ali has the perfect temprament to be a Test player. He showed other day the patience requires to play out an ininngs. He did not go for the runs contrary to others who might have been looking for a place. He stayed on for the crease for longer spells to got the feel of an inning. It would be a huge mistake not to give lad a try.

  • POSTED BY furqan786 on | July 10, 2010, 2:39 GMT

    Our biggest weapon, as always is our bowling. We clearly edge the Aussie spin department and i reckon our bowlers will cause more damage with the Dukes ball than the likes of Johnson. Hopefully our batting turns up.PAKIKSTAN ZINDABAD!

  • POSTED BY SaintsFan on | July 9, 2010, 22:20 GMT

    Whatever Faisal Masood Afridi has said above, I totally second it. Very well said sir. You must have totally read my mind. What a shame, the Pakistani selectors don't see it, or if they do, then they don't have the gutts to take necessary action. You could not have been more correct about both Yasir Hameed as well as Kamran Akmal (as much as I like Kamran). They should play him strictly as a batsman if needed or else do not play Kineria. Very true indeed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    Umar Amin should make the team but Hameed is utterly useless. He has a habit of playing across the line to in-swinging or in shaping deliveries, he also tends to fall over his off stump. This was expertly exploited by Anil Kumble and the Australians would have noted it too, against Johnson and co. who can swing the ball in, Hameed will be a sitting duck.

    Zulqarnain Haider should make the team ahead of Kamran Akmal, Akmal may be a fair batsman but he can single singlehandedly lose us a test match by repeatedly dropping catches and missing stumpings. If he is unwisely played then Pakistan may as well not play Kaneria because Asif can read Kaneria better than the maestro behind the stumps.

  • POSTED BY asraruwant on | July 9, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Iam very happy to see Hameed,Azhar Ali, and Umar Amin perform well today. My XI for the lords test will be 1) Salman Butt 2) Imran Farhat 3) Yasir Hameed 4) Umar Akmal 5) Umar Amin 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Mohammed Aamer 9) Tanvir Ahmed 10) Umar Gul 11) Mohammed Asif. I didnt pick kaneria because its not gonna be helpful for spinners at lords and afridi is already there as a spin option, kaneria can play the next test in place of either gul or tanvir depending upon who performed better. I picked farhat although he failed today because i want to stick with the opening pair of butt and farhat as they are slowly making progress. And i pick Amin instead of shoaib malik as he is in better form and he is a left hander. And i think Azhar Ali needs to improve his skills against pace if he wants to play against Australian. And i also know what the team will be for lords regardless of what we think its going to be butt,farhat,hameed,umar,malik,afridi,kamran,Aamer,gul,asif,kaneria.

  • POSTED BY saeed101 on | July 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    A lot of potensal there they looked great the pleasing fact was that all of them took there time which is very importat in a test match because usally pakistani batsmen cant spend time in the middle because they r not patiant enough. I think the test series will be tight but pakistans bowling might just tip the balance in there favour. it will be a good test for afridi to play test and bat for a long period of time and i think he can do it he is a great batsmen he always had so much poitonsal but wasn't responsible enough and he still has it but now he is not just playing for him self but for his team and country and i personly think he is the right man to lead pakistan to the world cup infact he should have been made the captian after inzi because he is natural born captian as well as peace keeper in the side. it's great to see the pakistani team playing together not for them selfs but for each other and all of pakistan. pakistan could win the world cup with all this talent.

  • POSTED BY saeed101 on | July 9, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    A lot of potensal there they looked great the pleasing fact was that all of them took there time which is very importat in a test match because usally pakistani batsmen cant spend time in the middle because they r not patiant enough. I think the test series will be tight but pakistans bowling might just tip the balance in there favour. it will be a good test for afridi to play test and bat for a long period of time and i think he can do it he is a great batsmen he always had so much poitonsal but wasn't responsible enough and he still has it but now he is not just playing for him self but for his team and country and i personly think he is the right man to lead pakistan to the world cup infact he should have been made the captian after inzi because he is natural born captian as well as peace keeper in the side. it's great to see the pakistani team playing together not for them selfs but for each other and all of pakistan. pakistan could win the world cup with all this talent.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Butt ,Amin,n yasir PLayed well today ,azhar ali also did ok,but pathetic display by malik n farhat

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    why is shoaib malik even there? he is not test playing kind nothing great is ot coz of sania? lol

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    GO PAKISTAN, KANGROO CURREY FOR DINNER! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • POSTED BY Umair_umair on | July 9, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Pakistan has nothing to losse for first test. If they are going for 5 bats, those should be 1) Salman Butt, 2) Azhar Ali, 3) Yasir Hamid/Shoaib Malik (but Yasir Looked Good Today), 4) Umer Akmal, 5) Imran Amin. Give this line-up 2 tests.

    Then 6) Kamran Akmal 7) Afridi 8)Amir 9) Asif /Tanvir 10) Gul 11 ) SaeedAjmal/Kaneria.

    In a nutshell Azhar Ali and Umer Amin should be given full chance in two test series. No Matter how they play in first test.

  • POSTED BY Ayzaz on | July 9, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    so now we are blessed with 6 openers in this line up .... do yourself a favour ... take a look at all their records .... actually just take a look at salman Butt's... and now take a look at Taufeeq Umar ... and someone at the PCB please explain why this guy never turned out enough for pakistan!

  • POSTED BY Farooq78 on | July 9, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    I think Pakistan is well equipped to give Australia lot of trouble in the upcoming test series. If Pakistani Batsmen play with responsibility and occupy the crease, and fielders wont drop catches, only then Pakistan has a good chance of beating Australia. Pakistan has a very strong bowling attack that has the ability to penetrate into aussies top order. My 11s from the available lot for the first test match are: 1. Salman Butt 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Umar Amin/Zulqarnain haider 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohammad Aamer 9. Umer Gul 10. Mohammad Asif/Tanveer Ahmed 11. Danish Kaneria. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN !!!

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 9, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Come on Azhar Ali you need a ton here. You are a future star in greens.

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  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | July 9, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Come on Azhar Ali you need a ton here. You are a future star in greens.

  • POSTED BY Farooq78 on | July 9, 2010, 13:43 GMT

    I think Pakistan is well equipped to give Australia lot of trouble in the upcoming test series. If Pakistani Batsmen play with responsibility and occupy the crease, and fielders wont drop catches, only then Pakistan has a good chance of beating Australia. Pakistan has a very strong bowling attack that has the ability to penetrate into aussies top order. My 11s from the available lot for the first test match are: 1. Salman Butt 2. Yasir Hameed 3. Umar Amin/Zulqarnain haider 4. Shoaib Malik 5. Umar Akmal 6. Shahid Afridi 7. Kamran Akmal 8. Mohammad Aamer 9. Umer Gul 10. Mohammad Asif/Tanveer Ahmed 11. Danish Kaneria. GOOD LUCK PAKISTAN !!!

  • POSTED BY Ayzaz on | July 9, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    so now we are blessed with 6 openers in this line up .... do yourself a favour ... take a look at all their records .... actually just take a look at salman Butt's... and now take a look at Taufeeq Umar ... and someone at the PCB please explain why this guy never turned out enough for pakistan!

  • POSTED BY Umair_umair on | July 9, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Pakistan has nothing to losse for first test. If they are going for 5 bats, those should be 1) Salman Butt, 2) Azhar Ali, 3) Yasir Hamid/Shoaib Malik (but Yasir Looked Good Today), 4) Umer Akmal, 5) Imran Amin. Give this line-up 2 tests.

    Then 6) Kamran Akmal 7) Afridi 8)Amir 9) Asif /Tanvir 10) Gul 11 ) SaeedAjmal/Kaneria.

    In a nutshell Azhar Ali and Umer Amin should be given full chance in two test series. No Matter how they play in first test.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    GO PAKISTAN, KANGROO CURREY FOR DINNER! PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    why is shoaib malik even there? he is not test playing kind nothing great is ot coz of sania? lol

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2010, 17:07 GMT

    Butt ,Amin,n yasir PLayed well today ,azhar ali also did ok,but pathetic display by malik n farhat

  • POSTED BY saeed101 on | July 9, 2010, 18:10 GMT

    A lot of potensal there they looked great the pleasing fact was that all of them took there time which is very importat in a test match because usally pakistani batsmen cant spend time in the middle because they r not patiant enough. I think the test series will be tight but pakistans bowling might just tip the balance in there favour. it will be a good test for afridi to play test and bat for a long period of time and i think he can do it he is a great batsmen he always had so much poitonsal but wasn't responsible enough and he still has it but now he is not just playing for him self but for his team and country and i personly think he is the right man to lead pakistan to the world cup infact he should have been made the captian after inzi because he is natural born captian as well as peace keeper in the side. it's great to see the pakistani team playing together not for them selfs but for each other and all of pakistan. pakistan could win the world cup with all this talent.

  • POSTED BY saeed101 on | July 9, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    A lot of potensal there they looked great the pleasing fact was that all of them took there time which is very importat in a test match because usally pakistani batsmen cant spend time in the middle because they r not patiant enough. I think the test series will be tight but pakistans bowling might just tip the balance in there favour. it will be a good test for afridi to play test and bat for a long period of time and i think he can do it he is a great batsmen he always had so much poitonsal but wasn't responsible enough and he still has it but now he is not just playing for him self but for his team and country and i personly think he is the right man to lead pakistan to the world cup infact he should have been made the captian after inzi because he is natural born captian as well as peace keeper in the side. it's great to see the pakistani team playing together not for them selfs but for each other and all of pakistan. pakistan could win the world cup with all this talent.

  • POSTED BY asraruwant on | July 9, 2010, 18:50 GMT

    Iam very happy to see Hameed,Azhar Ali, and Umar Amin perform well today. My XI for the lords test will be 1) Salman Butt 2) Imran Farhat 3) Yasir Hameed 4) Umar Akmal 5) Umar Amin 6) Shahid Afridi 7) Kamran Akmal 8) Mohammed Aamer 9) Tanvir Ahmed 10) Umar Gul 11) Mohammed Asif. I didnt pick kaneria because its not gonna be helpful for spinners at lords and afridi is already there as a spin option, kaneria can play the next test in place of either gul or tanvir depending upon who performed better. I picked farhat although he failed today because i want to stick with the opening pair of butt and farhat as they are slowly making progress. And i pick Amin instead of shoaib malik as he is in better form and he is a left hander. And i think Azhar Ali needs to improve his skills against pace if he wants to play against Australian. And i also know what the team will be for lords regardless of what we think its going to be butt,farhat,hameed,umar,malik,afridi,kamran,Aamer,gul,asif,kaneria.